Singer/songwriter Ben Harper secretly wed his fiancee Jaclyn Matfus on New Year's Day (01Jan15).
The 45 year old was previously married to actress Laura Dern. They divorced in 2013.
Harper and Dern share two kids. He also has two children from his first marriage to wife Joanna.
The guitar great passed away suddenly in Switzerland in July (14), but not before he had completed work on a last album, titled Step Back.
His longtime bandmate Paul Nelson has produced the record, which also features Joe Bonamassa and Brian Setzer, and ZZ Top star Gibbons admits it was a dream come true to work with his idol.
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Singer/songwriter Ben Harper will mark Mother's Day in America in May (14) by celebrating the release of a new album he has recorded with his mum.
Ben and Ellen Harper have collaborated on new album Childhood Home, which will be released in the week leading up to the annual celebration of mums.
The 10 original tracks about home and family life were written by Ellen and her famous son.
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Albums Of Note... Get Up! pairs modern blues idol and expert slide guitarist Ben Harper with harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite. Aiming for blues authenticity, that’s exactly what Ben and Charlie achieve here. The pair of talented blues musicians fly in the face of modernity and instead strive to recreate the dusky glamour of a Chicago blues club.
“In general, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite have delivered a strong, yet candid and fun blues album. This album really does not care that it is 2013, and why should it? Each of the ten songs contains something of merit. Both musicians involved are fairly prolific but this collection will doubtlessly shoot to the high end of the fans favourites in no time at all.”
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Modern Rock's most soulful voice meets blues hero to go back to basics with a charming blues collaboration.
Nostalgia is big business in music these days. Whether it is bands 'getting the old gang back together' and touring up and down the country for one last dip into their fans' pockets, Dave Grohl's Sound City movie or ITV's Big Reunion, bands and artists are constantly celebrating the past, either with pure honesty or cynical money-grabbing intentions. The question is, how far back can you go? Well, in the case of Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, you can go all the way back to what was arguably the birth of modern rock music: the blues.
The pairing of Harper and Musselwhite should not really come as much of a surprise. Over twenty odd years hovering just outside the mainstream, Harper has never been afraid of the more basic, traditional sound of the blues and his slide guitar playing is certainly up there with the best. Musselwhite on the other hand, is something of a blues harmonica legend, having been making music since the 60s. There is probably nobody of a higher pedigree than Charlie Musselwhite to accompany Ben Harper on this outing.
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Mother will feature tracks written by Eddie Vedder and Jeff Buckley, while the title track is a cover of a Pink Floyd song.
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The Jurassic Park star, 45, reconnected with Harper earlier this year (12) after the Burn One Down hitmaker filed for divorce in 2010, but the reunion didn't last, with multiple gossips reporting the pair - parents to Ellery, 10, and Jaya, seven - split last month (Jun12).
And on Friday (06Jul12) Dern filed new legal papers at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in response to Harper's divorce petition, requesting joint legal and primary physical custody of their two kids.
According to Tmz.com, she is also seeking spousal and child support, as well as the cost of her attorney fees.
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The singer-songwriter filed for divorce in Los Angeles last month (08Oct10) citing irreconcilable differences after five years of marriage.
Harper originally claimed in the petition that he split from the Jurassic Park actress in January (10), but on Friday (19Nov10) the star's lawyer changed the date to state the couple broke up on 1 July (10) instead.
No reason was given for the alteration.
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